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REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)


 

april 18, 2018

 
Get your 1, 3, 5 OR 10 YEAR FISHING LICENSE ONLINE NOW - http://www.gonefishingpa.com/
 
REMINDER – NOVEMBER 1st – APRIL 30th it is MANDATORY COLD WEATHER LIFE JACKET WEAR - http://www.fishandboat.com/boat/boatingregulations/pages/mandatorypfd.aspx
 
April 14, 2018 marked the first day of trout season statewide!  Below are a few photos from excited anglers, provided by Tackle Shack, Wellsboro, PA.  Thank you for sharing!
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Gene Mead and his Grandsons, Logan and Gavin had a wonderful day fishing!! (photo provided by angler)
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On the first day of the statewide trout season, John Szentesy and his daughter Leah headed out to Hamilton Lake.  They had a wonderful day fishing together! Thank you for sharing your story with us! (photo provided by angler)
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Vince Coates headed to Asaph Run, Tioga County to fish on the first day of trout.  What a catch Vince!  Thank you for sharing! (photo provided by angler)
 
Tioga County
Trout season opened with wonderful weather!  Most anglers had a great weekend fishing area lakes and streams.  Recent rain events increased flows in all streams and rivers.  Most streams are on their way back down and should be fishable by this weekend. Hamilton Lake, Pine Creek, Asaph Run, Beechwood Lake – Over the opening weekend, anglers caught fish using shrimp, pink salmon eggs, butterworms, waxworms, red worms and various paste baits.
Crappies are running a little behind this year.  With continued cold weather and muddy conditions, it might be another few weeks until Crappie season kicks off.
 
Pine Creek – Hatches are minimal. Most anglers are catching trout subsurface, using stonefly patterns, worm imitations, caddis pupa and various small streamers.  Olive streamers are working best, but with the dirty water, black will be a good color.
 
Centre County
 
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake Spillway – Anglers are catching Crappie, Yellow Perch and Bluegill using butterworms, red worms, yellow twister tails, and beadhead nymphs.
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Evangeline, of Beech Creek, PA, caught some nice bluegill and crappie on a recent fishing trip to the Sayers spillway.  Way to go young angler!
 
Spring Creek – Water temperature is in the 40s.  The water is currently high and dirty, but dropping and clearing fast.  Fishing should be good the remainder of the week and weekend!
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (olive nymphs #18; baetis emergers #18-22; Walt’s Worms #12-16; olive scuds #14-18).
Anglers are also catching trout using Blue Wing Olive, midge dry flies on upper Spring Creek and Grannom Caddis dry flies on lower Spring Creek. (Blue Wing Olive #18-22; Midges #22-26, Grannom Caddis #12-14)
Suckers are spawning!  Yellow or cream sucker spawn (#12-16) are catching trout, especially those stacked behind the suckers.
During and after rain events are a great time to catch trout using olive or black streamers near the current breaks and banks (slumpbusters #6-10).
Clinton County
 
Fishing Creek – Water temperature is in the low 40s.  Due to recent rain events the stream is currently blown out, with high and dirty water.  It should be fishable by the weekend, so be patient! Anglers are catching trout using streamers (black or olive #6-10) and nymphs (iron lotus #14-18; Frenchie #14-16; Prince nymph #12-16). 
A few anglers are also catching trout using Blue Wing Olives (#18-22) and midges (#22-26)!

 
April 11,2018
Get your 1, 3, 5 OR 10 YEAR FISHING LICENSE ONLINE NOW - http://www.gonefishingpa.com/
REMINDER – NOVEMBER 1st – APRIL 30th it is MANDATORY COLD WEATHER LIFE JACKET WEAR - http://www.fishandboat.com/boat/boatingregulations/pages/mandatorypfd.aspx
 
 
REMINDER – APRIL 14, 2018 is PFBC’s STATEWIDE OPENING DAY OF TROUT SEASON!! Take someone who has never fished out for a great day of trout fishing!!

April 14th marks the FIRST DAY OF TROUT season STATEWIDE!  Get out there and make some lifelong memories!
 
Tioga County
 
Hamilton Lake and Pine Creek “Keystone Select Section” - Anglers are catching trout using black roostertails, yellow/red, brown and black Joe’s Flies, silver and silver/blue Kastmasters and various other lures. 
 
Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (e.g.stonefly patterns, copper johns, worm patterns).  Streamer patterns are also working well (e.g.wooly buggers, marabou muddlers, and sculpin patterns).
 
Hills Creek Lake – Anglers are starting to catch Yellow Perch.  Water temperature is still low, but with warm weather moving into the area, anglers should expect the bite to improve!
 
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch using fathead minnows and nightcrawlers.
 
Bass fishing is slow, but a few are being caught using Jerkbaits, crankbaits, various jigs and plastics.  Topwater action should turn on soon as water temperatures warm.  
 
Jefferson County
Cloe Lake –
These youth and their mentors braved 22 F temperatures on Mentored Youth Trout Day at Cloe Lake!  Thank you for taking your children fishing! (Photo by WCO McKenrick)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Centre County
 
Bald Eagle Creek –  
 
 
Robert Sills took his grandson, Bruno Sanzotti, age 9, out fishing for trout on PA’s Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day.  They fished Bald Eagle Creek.  Here is a quote from Robert about the experience with his grandson “The joy that I saw in his face when he caught the trout was unbelievable!  We are going out again on opening day of trout!”.  Thank you for sharing your story and good luck this coming weekend! (photo by Robert Sills) 
Spring Creek – Water temperature is in the 40s, water is clear and levels are good!
 Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (olive nymphs #18; baetis emergers #18-22; Walt’s Worms #12-16; olive scuds #14-18 and black zebra midges #18-22).
 
Anglers are also catching trout using Blue Wing Olives and midge dry flies. (Blue Wing Olive #18-22; Midges #22-26)
 
Anglers are catching trout on lower Spring Creek using Grannom caddis (#12-14)!
 
 A few anglers are still catching trout using olive or black streamers near the current breaks and banks (slumpbusters #6-10).
 
 Clinton County
 
Fishing Creek – Water temperature is in the low 40s and water levels are good.  The water color is also good!
 
Anglers are catching trout using streamers (black or olive #6-10) and nymphs (iron lotus #14-18; Frenchie #14-16; Prince nymph #12-16). 
 
A few anglers are also catching trout using Blue Wing Olives (#18-22) and midges (#22-26)!

Reports compiled by Amidea Daniel (RA-FBNCFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Northcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.​​